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Re: 2018 Adventures Photo TR

PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2018 6:13 pm
by ytterbiumanalyst
Niice TR! Kings Dominion does look like a pretty great park. And I concur about Woodstock Express, assuming it's the same as the one at Kings Island (looks the same at least). It's small, but it's legit.

Re: 2018 Adventures Photo TR

PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:00 pm
by xVicesAndVirtues
Next up on the itinerary for the summer brought me to...

Six Flags New England

I kind of have an affinity for this park. Since I grew up in neighboring upstate New York, it was the nearest park to have some bigger coasters, particularly with Superman being my first "big coaster", having been lucky enough to ride it quite a lot back in it's original un-adulterated state. So, I may be a little biased, but

I freaking love Six Flags New England. I really think it's one of the better parks in the chain. The park is one of the smaller Six Flags parks for sure, but it's got a great atmosphere, packs a crap ton of rides into a small area, typically has decent operations, and they always seem to add something new. They really have a kick-ass top two rides with Superman and Wicked Cyclone. They even have a free waterpark with one of those water coasters we all collectively lose our sh!t over!

So anyways, here are some pictures of the place, along with a few words.

Re: 2018 Adventures Photo TR

PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:18 pm
by Canobie Coaster
Great report!

I don't find that Superman's trains track poorly in the least bit. The coaster was running a bit sluggish after it was converted to Bizarro, but it has been absolutely hauling the past two years. I do share the same sentiments on the restraints and wish they weren't quite as bulky. Really that's the ride's lone Achilles heel.

As for Scream running three towers, I only saw it once. And immediately after I captured the photograph, all three towers went down. :lol:

Re: 2018 Adventures Photo TR

PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:24 pm
by xVicesAndVirtues
^The trains seem to just kind of "bump" a bit in some spots in a way that Millennium Force's and Superman at SFA's don't in the small hills. Even i305's trains kind of do it at the very top of the second hill, only Superman's seem to in quite a few spots.

You found a hole in the matrix regarding Scream and immediately broke it!

Re: 2018 Adventures Photo TR

PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:29 pm
by Canobie Coaster
^ The most baffling thing about that day was the line for Scream wasn't even that long. It was a random day in September.

Re: 2018 Adventures Photo TR

PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:40 am
by ytterbiumanalyst
Wow, looks great! I haven't paid much attention to SFNE, since it's about 1200 miles from me and there are about 8 Six Flags parks closer, but it looks really nice. I wish they all had landscaping like that.

Re: 2018 Adventures Photo TR

PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:13 am
by boldikus
Great report of a great, underrated park. Can't wait to get back up there.

Re: 2018 Adventures Photo TR

PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:46 am
by Genx24
Great reports thus far. Don't know how I missed this thread before today. I agree with you about SFNE; it's definitely underrated on this board, and easily one of the nicer parks in the chain.

Re: 2018 Adventures Photo TR

PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:49 pm
by ThemeParkJunkie51290
Love your report! =)

Re: 2018 Adventures Photo TR

PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:06 am
by xVicesAndVirtues
Well. I'm going to be completely honest and say that for this next trip, I f*cked up. See, my home airport is MCO Orlando, and they're kind of awesome all the time. Christmas Eve? Monday morning? Freak thunderstorm with tornado watch? MCO always seems to get you out pretty much on time and I've long taken for granted the fact that you can show up 20 minutes prior to boarding and still have time to get to Starbucks once past security and over to the other side.

Or so I thought. It just so happened that there was some kind of problem with all of the body scanners and TSA requiring all passengers to metal detector it on this morning. I arrived around 6 AM for my 7 AM departure/630 AM boarding. Needless to say, I missed my flight.

Surely, they could get me to San Francisco on the next flight in about 40 minutes, right? Oh no, I was going to deal with the consequences on this one. The next flight that could get me to San Francisco would be at 5:55 PM that evening, involve traveling for about 10 hours and land me in San Francisco just after midnight, by way of both Albuquerque and Denver. All other flights I could hastily Google were sold out or cost like $700 and get me there too late anyway. So, I Ubered back home, went back to bed until the afternoon, then did it all over again.

The primary purpose of this trip was to attend San Francisco Pride with some Orlando friends who were coming a day later than me. My goal was to hit California's Great America on Thursday as they were closed on Friday, spend half a day at Six Flags on Friday, then start the weekend. Had I really learned my lesson from all the detentions I got in school for my tardiness, this post would be all sorts of gooey text about how hard I came when I rode Railblazer. With the weekend booked full of plans and only one park day happening, my one park for the trip would, of course, be

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

I'm going to say some things that some people might yell at me for, possibly even activate the apparent Norcal hair-trigger touchery. This park doesn't really do it for me. I'd probably rather go to LaRonde or Six Flags America. I really hoped that this day could change my mind but it just didn't. Two of their major attractions (Joker and V2) weren't open when we got there around 11:30 AM. V2 didn't even have a train in the station so there was no hope for that. Their JB's is a fake-out. Security wouldn't let me in with an unopened and sealed herbal tea from the gas station, which even Six Flags over Texas let me through with. I had a fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo that failed to open and had to wait 45 minutes for 3 employees to figure out how to radio the right person with a key. The only coaster that loaded quickly was Superman and they were total dicks about it. All other parks have given discounts of like 15-20% or a flat dollar amount like $20 off at SFNE with the Gold Membership on one-day tickets for friends tagging along and this one didn't do any. Just...come on dude.

Anyways, I promise I'll say nicer things from here on out, but this was my first visit to the park in 10 years. If I go back in 10 years, it'll be too soon.